How to get admission to NIT MCA courses in India through NIMCET-2020

Looking for admission to Master of Computer Applications (MCA) course at an NIT? This article will be helpful for students wanting to pursue an MCA course at any of the National Institutes of Technology in India. Complete information on the NIT MCA Common Entrance Test for MCA admissions, eligibility requirements to register, the question paper format of NIMCET-2020, and step by step guidance to register for it has been provided in this article.

Those seeking admission to the Master of Computer Applications (MCA) course at any of the 10 participating NITs in India have to first appear for the common entrance test called NIMCET, short for NIT MCA Common Entrance Test. This all-India test is conducted at various centers across the county and the coordinating institute is NIT Raipur.

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NIMCET-2020 eligibility criteria

Only Indian nationals can appear for NIMCET-2020. The educational qualification required is as follows-
You should have obtained a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate or 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale (55% marks or 6.0 CGPA is acceptable for SC, ST, and PwD students) either in (a) B.Sc./B.Sc. (Hons)/BCA/BIT/B.Voc. (Computer Science/ Computer Applications) that is obtained through a three-year (or more) full-time course from a recognized University with Mathematics/Statistics as one of the subjects, or in (b) a B.E./ B.Tech. course from a recognized University. In case you are appearing for any of the afore-mentioned qualifying exams this year, then also you can appear for NIMCET-2020. However, you must then submit the proof of fulfilling the eligibility criteria of NIMCET- 2020 at the time of counselling/admission or latest by 15th September 2020.

If you have completed the three-year B.Sc./B.Sc. (Hons)/BCA/ BIT course from an Open University, then also you can appear for NIMCET-2020, but that course should be approved by UGC / AICTE and Distance Education Council (DEC) of Govt. of India.

NIMCET-2020 online application guidance

Applications for NIMCET-2020 cannot be done offline. You need to first register at the NIMCET-2020 official website with a valid personal email ID and a mobile number, both of which must be used throughout the entire procedure for the entrance test. Do not create multiple registrations or provide different mobile phone numbers.

Before registration, ensure that you have the following documents scanned and ready for uploading during the online procedure:
  1. A recent passport size photo, the size of which should be between 50 KB and 1 MB only.

  2. Your signature, which should be in Royal blue or black colour only and the size of which should between 50 KB and 1 MB)

  3. All the mark sheets/grade cards and the academic certificates, which should be in pdf format only and must also be self-attested, with each having a maximum size of 1 MB each.

  4. A valid proof of Identity in pdf format, such as Aadhaar card or PAN card or Voter ID card or Driving License of maximum size 1 MB each.

You are required to pay the application processing fee, which is: (i) Rs. 2,500/- for students apply through the Open category, Open-EWS category and OBC Category; (ii) Rs. 1,250/-for SC, ST, and PwD category students, as the case may be, through the online mode at the same website before the final submission of the online application form.

Once you fill up all the information, use the 'Preview' button to check if the details have been added correctly. If you wish to make any corrections, then use the 'Revise' button, which will take you back and to the online application form. Once you are satisfied that everything is accurate, then only click on the 'Submit' button, because once you do so, then you cannot make any changes later.

Now take a print out of the final submitted application form, for which provision has been made to download and print in PDF format. This print out will have an application number that will be unique for each student. Save a copy of it on your computer and keep a couple of hard copies of the form as well, as you will require to provide the application number for future correspondence.

Note: Do not send a hard copy of the application form to the coordinating NIT or to any of the NITs as this is not required.

After application

You need to download the Admit card on or after 11th May 2020 and take a print out of it (it has been advised in the official brochure that you should use a Laser printer and not an Inkjet one). In case you have any problem to download the Admit Card, you can send an e-mail to between 11th May and 22nd May 2020, mentioning your application number and proof of having paid the fee.

NIMCET-2020 format

The test paper is a single one, with 120 multiple choice questions in English only. The paper will have the following sections: Mathematics (50 questions), Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning (40 questions), Computer awareness (10 questions), and General English (20 questions). Four marks will be awarded for each correct answer and one negative mark will be given for each wrong answer. There will be no negative marks for an unanswered question. You can check the official brochure to know the syllabus for each section.

After the result

Once the NIMCET-2020 result is declared, you will get a seat as per choice you gave, based on the NIMCET-2020 rank in three rounds of allotment. If you get a seat allotted to you in the first two rounds, then you need to log in to the NIMCET-2020 official website again. Pay the initial fee of Rs.10,000/- through online mode and take the seat allotment letter. You must then report to any of the participating institutes as per the specified date. Please go through the official brochure to know about upgradation of a seat, and the instructions for the third round of allotment.

List of participating NITs and seatwise distribution

  1. NIT Agartala: 30.

  2. MNNIT Allahabad: 116.

  3. MANIT Bhopal: 115.

  4. NIT Calicut: 58.

  5. NIT Jamshedpur: 115.

  6. NIT Kurukshetra: 64.

  7. NIT Kurukshetra (Self-Financing): 32.

  8. NIT Raipur: 110.

  9. NITK Surathkal: 58.

  10. NIT Tiruchirappalli: 115.

  11. NIT Warangal: 58.

NIMCET-2020 schedule and important dates

Online Registration begins: 6th March 2020 at 10 a.m.
Last date for online submission of Application Form: 31st March 2020 up to 5 pm.
Admit card to be downloaded from 11th May 2020 to 22nd May 2020.
Date of NIMCET-2020: 24he May 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Date of NIMCET-20202 results: On or before 8th June 2020 (tentative).
Filling of choice: From 12th June 2020 to 16th June 2020, up to 5 p.m.
The first round of allotment: 19th June 2020.
The first round of remote reporting in person in any of the NITs: 22nd June 2020 to 23rd June 2020, between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Second Round of allotment/upgradation: 29th June 2020.
The second round of remote reporting in person: 3rd July 2020 to 4th July 2020, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note that fresh allottees must report, as well as those allottees whose seats are upgraded only if they wish to modify their option and otherwise need not report.
The third round of allotment/upgradation: 9th July 2020.
The third round of reporting in person at the allotted institute and surrendering
the allotted seat if you do not wish to join the allotted institute, but wish to participate in the final round of allotment: 15th July 2020 to 16th July 2020, between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Announcement of vacant seats: 21st July 2020.
Fresh choice-filling: 22nd July 2020 to 23rd July 2020, up to 5 p.m.
The final round of seat allotment: 25th July 2020.
The final round of reporting at allotted institute: On or before Friday, 31st July 2020 (excluding Sunday).

Contact information

For any further clarifications, you can contact:
The Secretary, NIMCET-2020,
National Institute of Technology Raipur,
G.E Road, Raipur-492010,
Ph. : - +91 73035 20035.
NIMCET-2020 information brochure in PDF format:

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